An Interview With Biff

To coincide with the release of our latest t-shirt ‘Mighty Mouse’ –  We talk to its creator Phil Smith (AKA Biff).

Phil Smith AKA Biff

Tell us about the design for mighty humble?
I think a t-shirt is its own canvas and designs need to work with that. I wanted to create a design that literally sat within the t-shirt whilst incorporating my own style into it. Mighty Humble gave me the freedom to let me do as I wish. In return I wanted to give them something symbolic, so I used a classic character idea as a basis. I think a Illustrator’s potential is let loose when they’re given an open brief. Very enjoyable!

mighty mouse t-shirt

How did you produce the design?
I mostly draw by hand, scan it in, then colour digitally. However, I try to keep the process as natural as I can. I work very fast and sometimes and I find too much technology can interfere, slow things down and kill my flow a bit. I’m also a strong believer in using very basic tools to make artwork. You don’t need to spend days vectoring every illustration to make it “perfect”.

Give me three of your creative heroes?
Michael Perry – His work is very honest and innocent. I think his brain works like a child’s, he doesn’t really think too much about what he does, he just lets it happen.

I’m big on Hattie Stewart right now. I think she’s leading the way for commercial illustration, it’s just unbelievably fun and experimental.

Horsebites is another big one for me. I started putting my work up on myspace (around 5 years ago) just to get some feedback. He left a comment on one of my photos and I went pretty crazy. It motivated me enough to blast out another 30 drawings that night.

Biff typography

What’s your favorite font and why?
I don’t really have a fave, I tend to draw them all myself. At the moment I’m really into old western style type, it’s underrated.

I think it’s fair to say you’re a ‘bit obsessed’ with T-shirt and designing T-shirts. What are some of your favorite brands right now?
I’m quite a huge fan and extremely fussy with T-shirt designs. Suffoca are pretty inspirational. I like how personal they get with the customer, it’s nice to know where your shirts come from and what’s gone into making them.

If you could pick the next person to design a t-shirt for us. Who would it be?
Hattie Stewart.

What’s your stereo at the moment?
The Bronx new album is insane. Sigur Ros is good to draw to. Passion Pit, Gnarwolves, Alien Ant Farm, Bon Iver, From Indian Lakes, The Naked and Famous… the list goes on.

What projects are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently drawing and uploading new work to the web everyday. I want to build a reputation. Oh, potentially starting up a pop-up gallery too, which should be fun!

Biff’s Mighty Mouse t-shirt is available now in our online store. To find more of his work visit www.biff.4ormat.com.

April Mixtape Competition Now Open!

Competition Details

Theme: Grrr.. monsters
Prize: Spark Drill T-shirt
Launch date: 2nd April
Closing Date: 31st May
Winner announced: 30th June

About the theme

Think – creatures from the deep, b-movies, zombies, mythical beasts, dark basements, monster tunes and scary stories.

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Want To Enter?

We’ll post a new theme here and on our website every two months, and invite you to submit a playlist based on the chosen theme.

1. Create a playlist (minimum of 10 tracks), upload it to 8tracks
2. Be a fan of  the Mighty Humble Facebook page
3. Then share the link onto your timeline, tagging mighty humble in the post

NOTE: Your share must be set to ‘public’ otherwise we won’t see it and your entry won’t be counted.

The team will then choose its favourite three entries and open it up to a public vote. The lucky winner will receive a much sought after Mighty Humble T-shirt to love and cherish. It’s as simple as that.

Winner will be announced via Facebook

About The Competition

Launching at the beginning of February and running until October, the bi-monthly online competitions aim to foster a mutual appreciation of great music and enable Mighty Humble fans to share the music they love with each other and with Mighty Humble. Whether you’re into disco, funk, rare house remixes, drum ‘n’ bass or soul, the competitions are all about sharing new discoveries and celebrating music and creativity, something Mighty Humble has always been passionate since launching in 2010.

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be Mighty Humble’s mixtape winner? Get mixing and sharing now to find out.

Blog And Buy Sale Spring Wishlist

Spring wishlist

We’ve made it into the Blog And Buy Sale Wishlist again! The Spring Wishlist contains over 200 hand picked creative gifts and products and our Loop Logo and Mighty Mouse T-shirts are amongst them. Having been selected for a second time, we’re really excited about this great opportunity to showcase the work of Edward Dessaso and Biff, the respective designers behind the t-shirts chosen.

You can help us spread the work of these fine creative people even further by liking or sharing the wishlist pages, which are here Mighty Mouse Wishlist page and Loop Logo Wishlist Page.

Finally, a quick thanks to James and Josephine from the Blog And Buy Sale for including us.  Make sure you check out the rest of their site, it’s full of great stuff!

Our Mixtape Competition Launches Today



About The Competition

Launching at the beginning of February and running until October, the bi-monthly online competitions aim to foster a mutual appreciation of great music and enable Mighty Humble fans to share the music they love with each other and with Mighty Humble. Whether you’re into disco, funk, rare house remixes, drum ‘n’ bass or soul, the competitions are all about sharing new discoveries and celebrating music and creativity, something Mighty Humble has always been passionate since launching in 2010.


Want To Enter?

We’ll post a new theme here and on our website every two months, and invite you to submit a playlist based on the chosen theme.

To enter, all you need to do is create a playlist (minimum of 10 tracks), upload it to 8tracks or Spotify and share the URL on Mighty Humble’s Facebook page. The team will then choose its favourite three entries and open it up to a public vote. The lucky winner will receive a much sought after Mighty Humble T-shirt to love and cherish. It’s as simple as that.

February Competition Details

Theme: Disco past and present
Prize: I love you but T-shirt
Launch date: 1st February
Closing Date: 31st March
Winner announced: 30th April

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be Mighty Humble’s mixtape winner? Get mixing and sharing now to find out.

Photo credit: Our friend James Kendall

How will you go further for Fairtrade?

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Today is the start of the Fairtrade Fortnight.  We believe in Fairtrade and all our t-shirts are certified by the Fair Wear Foundation to help ensure good working conditions and fair wages.

To celebrate and promote Fairtrade products we’re offering 10% off any purchase from our online store for the whole fortnight. Simply enter the code FAIRTRADE at the checkout.

How will you go further for Fairtrade? Why not make a simple start by sharing this link.

www.fairtrade.org.uk/gofurther

Hashtags: #gofurther #fairtrade